Dermabrasion is such a procedure which much depends on the aftercare. After the surgery all the treated areas are dressed for quicker healing. For example such a dressing as Vigilon is considered to be very efficient. It covers the wound caused by dermabrasion. The dressing is changed every day during several days, after that the wound is opened to the air. This treatment helps restore the epithelium. This technique is able to speed healing up to five-seven days.
During recovery the patient is given different medications such as antibiotics, anti-swelling, antiviral and pain medications. During the healing process the patients should avoid the sun exposure.
There are some rules usually followed by the patients in order to speed the process of healing.
First of all the patients are advised to avoid exposure to the sun beams during three to six months because the sun is able to damage the healing skin. While being outdoors the patients should wear sunscreen and cover up.
The patients are not allowed to shave the treated area until their surgeon allows them to do that.
The patients are also recommended to avoid smoking, alcohol and painkillers after the surgery because all these things can reduce the healing capacity of the organism. After the surgery it is not recommended to go in for swimming sports and those kinds of sports that require extreme physical activities.
If the patient notices some unnatural things on his skin, such as irregular scabs and yellow crusting, he should consult his doctor as soon as possible. It is natural that every patient has his own peculiarities of the healing process. Nevertheless, proper aftercare can reduce most of conditions caused by the procedure.
As any other cosmetic surgery the procedure has its own risks. One of the most common dermabrasion risks is formation of keloid, a certain kind of abnormal scar resulting from the excessive production of collagen. Traditionally formation of keloid is one of those dermabrasion risks, which are usually common for darker types of skin. That is why people with dark skin should be very careful while taking the decision to have this procedure.
While speaking about dermabrasion risks, it is necessary to mention such potential conditions as abnormal pigmentation, persistent redness, dilation of blood vessels which is called telangiectasia.
And the last of most common dermabrasion risks is the formation of milia, a type of bumps that are formed because of the obstruction of sweat glands. Nevertheless the latter condition can be cured with the help of retinoic acid after recovery. As for the normal results of the procedure, they include great improvement in the appearance of the skin's surface after the complete healing of the skin.
It is necessary to note the fact that some scars will not be completely removed from the skin. If a patient is not able to tolerate the presence of scars, he should not use this kind of treatment.
The mortality and morbidity rate of dermabrasion is very low.